Many of our parks and beaches feature historical lighthouses you have to see for yourself. A glimpse into the past, these gems, surrounded by natural beauty, also give you an appreciation for the present. Plus, these attractions make the perfect backdrop for family photos.
From Kenosha to Door County and Superior, a lighthouse adventure awaits.
Door County Treasures
There’s a reason Door County is called “The Cape Cod of the Midwest.” Nestled between the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan is the tranquil peninsula, and given its prime locale, it’s no wonder it’s a hub for lighthouses.
Many of the Door County lighthouses originated in the 19th century. Every year, the county celebrates its 11 lighthouses with not one but two annual lighthouse festivals, held in the spring and fall. Both are an excellent opportunity to see and explore lighthouses not typically open. A variety of tours are available during each festival by land, boat and even air.
A lighthouse treasure reigns tall at Simmons Island Park along Lake Michigan.
On the same grounds as the Kenosha History Center is the Southport Light Station Museum. Once a lighthouse dating back to 1866, it’s now open to visitors and has a museum focused on local industries and the lives of lighthouse keepers. From the top of the lighthouse, which stands at 55 feet tall, gaze at the breathtaking views of Kenosha. If it’s not too cloudy, you can see the Chicago skyline.
While in Superior, visit the Superior Entry Lighthouse, built in the early 1900s. While it’s not open to the public, you can get pretty close and take plenty of photos. The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is also home to several lakeside historical gems, including the Sand Island Lighthouse, open to guided tours.
Milwaukee’s beautiful Lake Park is home to the North Point Lighthouse, which stands between two ravines at more than 70 feet tall with panoramic views of Lake Michigan. Originally built in 1855, it’s now part of the North Point Lighthouse Museum, a great place to learn about maritime history as well as Milwaukee’s lighthouses. Open every weekend, visit the gift shop or take a guided tour during your visit.
Wisconsin’s shoreline has so much to offer you and your family. Soak up the rich history and scenic views when you visit these historical treasures.
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